St. Louis, MO —
Mid-America Transplant announces the appointment of Kevin Lee as Executive Director of its charitable foundation. The Mid-America Transplant Foundation creates and supports innovative efforts focused on donor family and transplant patient support, as well as funds initiatives designed to increase awareness of organ and tissue donation in saving and improving lives.
Lee has extensive experience in healthcare administration, philanthropy and in education, which together enable him to have a keen perspective on the development of collaborative partnerships. He previously served in several leadership positions with Mercy Health in St. Louis, including as Executive Director of Planning for Mercy’s Center for Innovative Care and as Executive Director for Telehealth Services. Prior to joining Mercy, Lee served as a teacher and administrator with several St. Louis-area schools.
“Kevin has successfully overseen broad initiatives aimed at improving health and the delivery of healthcare services,” says Dean F. Kappel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mid-America Transplant. “We strongly believe Kevin will enhance the role of our Foundation in the communities we serve because he understands the critical need to develop and enhance collaborative relationships among our donor and transplant partners.”
Under Lee’s direction, new initiatives established by the Foundation will support basic and clinical research aimed at reducing the need for organ transplants. The Foundation also will continue to support the Mid-America Transplant Family House, a 10-unit apartment facility in St. Louis that serves as an affordable and comfortable short-term housing option for patients receiving pre- and post-transplant care. Since the Foundation was established in 2014, it has awarded more than $450,000 in partnership and community grants.
“In Southern and Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, we are fortunate to have world class healthcare resources focused on the field of transplantation located in St. Louis,” says Lee. “The Mid-America Transplant Foundation is committed to working with these resources to develop programs and fund research that serve and support donor and recipient communities. Collectively we also are working to increase awareness regarding the need for organ and tissue donation as well as serve those who are part of this incredible community of caregivers dedicated to service. I am excited and honored to be part of this circle of service.”
About Mid-America Transplant
Mid-America Transplant changes lives for the better. Since 1974, Mid-America Transplant has facilitated the organ and tissue donation process for a service area of 4.7 million people in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeast Arkansas. With a mission to save lives through excellence in organ and tissue donation, Mid-America Transplant compassionately provides care for donors, transplant recipients and their families. Located in St. Louis, MO, Mid-America Transplant is a not-for-profit organization and is one of 58 federally designated organizations of its kind in the United States. Mid-America Transplant has been named a 2015 recipient the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. For more information about Mid-America Transplant, visit www.midamericatransplant.org.
About Mid-America Transplant Foundation
Established in 2014, the Mid-America Transplant Charitable Foundation seeks to reduce the need for organ and tissue transplantation; increase the availability of organs and tissues for those who need them; and improve the lives of recipients and donor families. In addition, the Foundation provides programming, develops partnerships and provides community wellness grants to organizations that support its mission of improving health through disease prevention, education and successful transplantation.